The Secretary of State to the Embassy in Brazil
646. Dept greatly concerned reported prohibition exports canned meat reported Embtel 955, Aug 25.1 Wilson and Co, Chicago, advised that on basis Carteira position described Embtel 905, Aug 13,1 has firm commitment for 650,000 lb. canned beef and request to offer 2,640,000 lb. additional from US Army Quartermaster, all for shipment to Greece arrival not later than Oct.
Dept fully appreciative difficulties facing Braz Govt in allowing these exports in face further rationing restrictions. Emb requested follow matter closely and reemphasize, if opportunity presents itself, these stocks canned beef reportedly unmarketable in Brazil urgently needed Europe. Advise Dept soonest if Finance Min requested reconsideration [Page 404] reported new prohibition2 against exports and results these representations.